Jew Town in Mattancherry is famous for the antique shops all along its sides. The colonial buildings lining the street add to its old-world charm. The Jew Town is a narrow street between Mattancherry Palace and the Synagogue. Take a walk along the Jew Town and you can breathe antiquity. The curio and antique shops along the street are capable of enchanting the visitors with their variety and rarity.
Chinese Fishing Nets
Chinese Fishing Nets are said to have been introduced by traders from the court of Kublai Khan, these cantilevered nets, set up on teak and bamboo poles, are physical remnants of Fort Kochi's ancient trade with the Far East. Fishermen work the nets all day long, lowering them into the water and then hauling them up using a remarkably efficient pulley system.
St. Francis Church
St. Francis CSI Church, in Fort Kochi, originally built in 1503, is the oldest European church in India and has great historical significance, Church was dedicated to Santo Antonio the patron saint of Portugal & is the first church to reflect the new European influenced tradition. The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama died in Kochi in 1524 when he was on his third visit to India. His body was originally buried in this church, but after fourteen years his remains were removed to Lisbon.
Originally built in 1568 the synagogue was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1662 & rebuilt 2 years later when the Dutch took over Kochi. It features an ornate gold pulpit & hand painted willow pattern floor tiles brought from China in mid 18th century & is stunning bedecked with chandeliers & colored glass lamps.
Also known as the Dutch Palace, this large two-story 16th-century building was actually built by the Portuguese, who gave it to the Raja of Kochi as thanks for trading rights and favors granted to them. When the Dutch claimed Kochi in 1663, they took control of the palace and gave it a makeover. The large two-story building with its sloping roofs and pale walls is now a shadow of what it must have once been. Part of it is open to visitors & displays include a collection of coronation robes, palanquins, & royal family portraits, but the real reason to visit is to view the bedroom chamber, where vibrant murals, executed in vivid red, green, and yellow ocher. These are among the first examples of a school of painting specific to Kerala.